Kadri Samsunlu was born in 1968, he is one of the first graduates of İzmir Science High School and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Bosphorus University in 1991. Samsunlu holds his MBA degree from the University of Missouri, USA.
Samsunlu, had experience as the general manager and the executive committee member of various investment companies in 1995 – 2006, acted as an investment and corporate finance counselor in Romania and Turkey for three years after 2006. Prior to joining iGA – Istanbul Airport, Samsunlu worked as CFO of Akfen Holding from 2008 until 2017, led many processes in this period, ranging from the launch of the first infrastructure Eurobond, to the realization of various PPP (Public-Private Partnerships) projects, first Turkish Lira bond transaction and finance management in tourism of the Holding Co. Samsunlu also worked as part of the public offering and delisting process of the company.
Samsunlu became Chief Executive Officer of iGA Airport Cooperation in September 2017. Samsunlu has a background in mergers, acquisitions and financing in his previous work experiences. He has been leading iGA Airport Operation as well as iGA Construction since 2018 and he managed the beginning of the operational period of Istanbul Airport after the completion of the construction process. Under Samsunlu’s leadership, Istanbul Airport while leaving its first operating year behind has served 64 million passengers and 74 airlines operating scheduled flights between 6th of April 2019 and 31st March of 2020.